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Peter R Haslock

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A wonderful story, well worth listening to.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-05-22

The story was engaging from the start. i wasn't sure how much I would enjoy a story set in colonial times but I was very quickly invested. I just finished it minutes ago and I am thinking back to the beginning, the middle and the end and I realize that I have very vivid "snapshots" of all of it imprinted in my mind. I can see the characters and I can see the landscape, right down to the rats and the straw. The characters were all relatable and memorable and the overall story was enthralling. I have to say that the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini is simply the best I have ever heard. he has an arsenal of voices, all of them unique and all of them uniquely tied to the characters from the first time he speaks as them to the last time and he never waivers. He is brilliant and he, without doubt, was the secret sauce that made this story, which on its own is great even better. His native American language skills were so believable and spot on in his enunciation that one might think that he has the blood in him. Truly amazing. He is so good that I may start searching out stories he narrates simply because he was so amazing. I switched from actual books to kindle to audio simply because I love listening to stories. I judge the strength of a book by how quickly I start to empathize with the characters and I am able to paint scenery in my mind that I call up as I pick the story up again. Mr. McCammon writes the way I like to listen and for that, I am grateful. Hats off too him and to Mr. Ballerini.

Read it twice now. Better the second time around

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-30

This story has made its way up my list of favorites. I liked the premise and I like how it was played out. King just has a better way of writing than any other writer who lives in his world. His stories feel more real and for me I more easily get lost and this was no exception. I felt for what Terry Maitland had to endure and that it cost him dearly despite evidence to the contrary. Ralph Anderson reminded me very much of Bill Hodges and when he deftly introduced Holly, I couldn't help but smile and tip my hat. I love how he ties stories and regions together. It makes it all somehow more real. From the beginning through to the end, it proves itself to be a King classic and it offers up ample reasons to be even more afraid of the dark. Or the light. Or tight spaces. Or cargo vans. Or your reflection. A really good story.

Great story. Very imaginative and plausible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-09

A good story ensures that you quickly form relationships with the characters and this novel does that. It is brutal in its depiction of brutality but not unnecessarily so. The characters have depth and are relatable and real. Not sure I like what happened to the young and innocent victim Kelly but it didn’t change my over satisfaction.

Took a bit but worth it

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-26

It started out slowly for me but it didn’t take long to get to a comfortable pace. I started to identify with the characters, and there were many, relatively quickly and got to where I had a hard time stopping. I love the area where it took place and the era. You live their lives with them. A favorite for me.

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